NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Certified midwives at Cooley Dickinson Hospital screened dozens of women Tuesday night for breast cancer and cervical cancer.
Breast cancer is one of the most common cancers among women. Although cervical cancer isn’t as common, certified midwife Amy Gordon told 22News that regular screenings and early detection are key in preventing and surviving both types of cancers.
Gordon said, “Breast and cervical cancers are the ones that we have really good, good testing that has really good evidence behind it. So I do encourage women to be checking in with their GYN, provider.” She added that smokers should quit smoking to reduce their risk of cancer. Healthy eating habits and regular exercise will help as well.
Janet O’Conner, the cancer center’s clinical nursing director explained how important it is for women to take advantage of free screenings. “Screening is the most important part of your healthcare. You should have annual screening mammography and cervical screening, pap tests, to prevent and detect early breast cancer and cervical cancer,” she said.
This is the clinic’s 20th year offering these services, which is sponsored by the hospital’s cancer care program.